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Everyone Was There: 1938

Everyone Was There: 1938

October 1938. Crowley, Louisiana. "Crowd of people waiting for Cajun band contest to begin at the National Rice Festival." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.


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Too bad we can't get crowds like that nowadays to go and see cajun bands here in south Louisiana. I'm from Lafayette and it seems like our musical heritage doesn't have the same appeal or importance placed on it like used to back in the 20's, 30's and 40's. Luckily, we still have a few musicians keeping the music of Acadiana alive. Crowley still hosts the Rice Festival every year, and is a great place to come pass a good time!

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I can't help but think that my dad, or at least some of his family, is in this photo. He was born in Mermentau, Louisiana (between Jennings and Crowley) in 1929. I wish he was still around so I could ask him about things like this. Love the site and keep up the good work. A friend turned me on to Shorpy about a month ago and now one of the highlights of each day is to check out the latest posts. Drive on!

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